Expressing gratitude improves mental, physical, and relational well-being, and impacts the overall experience of happiness. It also boosts your self-esteem, energy level, immune system, as well as your emotional and academic intelligence.
Additionally, gratitude expands your capacity for forgiveness. Despite its numerous benefits, learning to say thank you doesn’t come naturally to many people.
The good news is that it can be learned. Here’s a simple exercise to set you on the path of gratitude.
- Keep your gratitude journal by your bedside and each night list 3-5 positive experiences from the day. Elaborate on one of these ideas.
- Say thank you often — particularly to those who serve you!
- When good things happen to you, linger on thoughts for as long as possible.
- Write down a letter of thanks to someone who has made a difference in your life — give it to them in person if possible.
- Express your thanks at meals alone or with loved ones.
- Practice not gossiping, complaining, or judging for a day or a week
- Write down what you appreciate about yourself.
- Express or show gratitude to your partner.
- Think about what you are grateful for each morning.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”